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Vision Class: Understanding and Managing Vision Deficits in Children


  • Scheels at Legends Shopping Center 1200 Scheels Drive Sparks (map)

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Seminar Details: This seminar is designed to help therapists and professionals working with children to develop a comprehensive understanding of vision and how vision can impact the therapy process in children. A three component model of vision will be presented stressing the importance of optical, visual efficiency and visual information processing disorders. A screening battery that allows therapists to test for the most common vision problems in children will be presented. Treatment options will be discussed at length including both compensatory strategies and rehabilitative techniques (vision therapy). A therapy sequence for eye movement and visual processing disorders will be presented. Case studies will be used throughout the presentation. Testing and intervention techniques presented will be applicable to the pediatric, population

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, Educators, and Vision Professionals working with children.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the complexity of the visual system

  • Identify the 3 major components of the visual system

  • Describe how various vision deficits affect performance in play, learning,and sports

  • Administer a screening battery to identify common vision disorders that can affect therapy

  • Understand the various treatment approaches available

  • Plan and implement compensatory strategies to manage vision problems interfering with therapy

  • Plan and implement direct intervention to manage vision problems interfering with therapy